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Beard House or Bust: Local Chefs Taking Very Long Shopping Trip

Written By Scott Joseph On May 14, 2014

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I love this idea.

Another group of chefs from Central Florida is going to New York to cook at the James Beard House. This is getting to be such a regular thing that they should just designate one of the bedrooms in the townhouse for chefs from Greater Orlando. (Either that or give them a James Beard Award. But I digress.) This group of chefs is going to take the long way, driving from Florida to Greenwich Village. And the plan is to gather the ingredients for their Manhattan meal along the route. Maybe some broccoli here, some asparagus there, and perhaps some venison that chooses to cross I-95 at the wrong moment; could be anything.

The chefs include Kevin Fonzo of K restaurant; Hari Pulapaka of Cress; and Bram Fowler of Journeys Catering. Also making the trip will be Jenneffer Pulapaka and Geraldine Fowler to help break up any fights in the back seat. The dinner, appropriately enough, is being called Foraged Along the Way and will take place at the house on 12th Street in New York on June 3.

As you might imagine, cooking at the Beard House, while prestigious, ain’t cheap. There are a lot of costs involved. So to help defray some of the expenses, the chefs are holding a tasting fundraiser at K in College Park. The event is Monday, May 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the restaurant’s garden and the dining room as well. The walk-about dinner will feature some of the dishes the chefs plan on serving. Can’t say for sure there will be venison stew. There will, however, be entertainment.

Tickets are $75 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made through K at 407-872-2332. It would be worth it just for the good food from these talented chefs, but you’ll also be supporting them in their efforts to demonstrate the culinary capabilities of Central Florida’s chefs.

If you plan on being in New York on June 3, seats are available for $130 for member of the Beard Foundation and $170 for nonmembers. 

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